The Power of Sidebars

Sidebars sell articles! A one-hour audio presentation.

When you write an article, don't forget the power of the sidebar! Learn how to think of one for your piece, how to write it, and how to present it.

Originally presented at an American Christian Writers conference. To find out more about their conferences and services visit www.acwriters.com



Your Teacher


Bob Hostetler
Bob Hostetler

Bob Hostetler is an award-winning author, editor, pastor and speaker. He is the Executive Editor of The Christian Writers Institute. He also works as a literary agent for The Steve Laube Agency.

His thirty-six books, which include The Bone Box and American Idols (The Worship of the American Dream), have sold millions of copies. He has co-authored eleven books with Josh McDowell, including the best-selling Right from Wrong (What You Need to Know to Help Youth Make Right Choices) and the award-winning Don't Check Your Brains at the Door. He has won two Gold Medallion Awards, four Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation Award, among others. Bob is also a frequent speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats.

Bob was ordained to the ministry in 1980 by The Salvation Army. He and his wife, the lovely Robin, served in The Salvation Army from 1980-1992.

In addition to his training for ministry with The Salvation Army, he earned degrees in English Bible from Cincinnati Christian University and English Communications from Bloomfield College.

In 2000, Bob (with his wife) helped to co-found Cobblestone Community Church in Oxford, Ohio. He has served that church in leadership and teaching pastor roles.

He has been a disc jockey, pastor, magazine editor, freelance book editor, and (with his wife Robin) a foster parent to ten boys (though not all at once). Bob and Robin have two adult children and five grandchildren and live in Ohio.


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